Book Review: Angels and Demons, by Dan Brown

It is rare that I watch a movie before I read a book, but that was the case here. I found the movie online, and it was engrossing. I felt the book would be just as good, if not better. So picked it up quickly.

Symbologist Robert Langdon gets a call from someone at a lab, saying it’s urgent that they meet. At first, Langdon doesn’t take it seriously, but what the man faxes to him gets his attention. It’s something many have considered to be a myth – the Illuminati ambigram. And it’s branded on the body of a murdered man. Miles away, at the Vatican, the College of Cardinals are gathering to elect the new Pope. But somewhere nearby, a bomb ticks away, an incendiary that was only recently created at the lab, and stolen from the lab of the murdered man. Dr. Vittoria Vetra and Langdon arrive at the Vatican to recover it, but it isn’t easy. And their enemy seems to be the brotherhood of the Illuminati. It’s a race against time, unraveling an ancient path whose markers are hidden in ancient clues.

The book was very enjoyable, and kept the mystery for a long time. It was detailed, but a page-turner, like a thriller ought to be. There’s an assortment of characters here, of course, and each of them add to the tale. Langon – serious, knowledgeable, and witty – same like in The Da Vinci Code. It’s very interesting to read how Langdon’s mind works under pressure. Vittoria’s character matched his quite well, even quite similar in a way. She’s very assured in her actions, knowing what to do. Other than these two, I liked the Camerlengo and Olivetti’s characters as well. The Hassassin was how a villain should be, and I think the movie softens his character more than a smidgen, which is disappointing.

Many say that a movie is only a small part of the iceberg that is the book. In this case, it is true. The movie is “based on” the book, but it isn’t completely the same. The differences helped to keep the book engaging. The research that has gone into the book is immense, no doubts there. I don’t usually find the history part of a historical thriller interesting, but this book was an exception.

Definitely worth reading, and definitely worth re-reading too. I loved it a lot, and think it’s as good as, if not better than The Da Vinci Code. It’s a series I’m quite enjoying, and would read The Lost Symbol soon.


A Score Of 9 Out Of 10
Book Details
Title: Angels and Demons Series: Robert Langdon #1
Author(s): Dan Brown Genre: Thriller
ISBN/ASIN: 9780552161268 Publisher: Corgi Books

No payment was taken for this review. The views expressed here are mine, and they remain uninfluenced and unbiased.


(© Vinay Leo R. @ A Bookworm’s Musing
25th March 2018)

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